FDOT suspends Northern Turnpike Extension project citing ‘significant concerns’
VIDEO: FDOT suspends Northern Turnpike Extension project citing ‘significant concerns’ FDOT suspends Northern Turnpike Extension project citing ‘significant concerns’SUMTER COUNTY, Fla. — After months of protests and pleading, rural Sumter and Marion County residents won a partial victory Thursday after FDOT leaders announced the indefinite pause of the Northern Turnpike Extension project. Steele’s 100-year-old mother’s house was in the path of the proposed project. Light’s home wasn’t directly in the path of the proposed extension, but it would have run over the borders of her farm and cut off access to some of her favorite riding trails. While the Turnpike extension is on hold, officials said they planned to explore increasing the capacity of the interstate to achieve some of their goals and clear up traffic problems in the region. “The foundation of every FDOT project is to balance evolving transportation needs with the community vision for the region and the local area,” officials wrote.wftv.com
Man killed, 3 injured in DUI crash that closed I-75 in Florida, FHP says
A Kissimmee man was arrested in connection with a crash on I-75 in Sumter County that killed a man from Tennessee and seriously injured his three passengers, one of whom was a 12-year-old boy, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Chance for storms develop Sunday afternoon
ORLANDO, Fla. — It will be another hot and humid day on Sunday as we wait for seabreeze storms to develop late in the afternoon. Storms will move from east to west today, and become widespread late this afternoon and early evening as the east coast seabreeze meets the west coast seabreeze near I-75. pic.twitter.com/3gc9K9Ub5T — Rusty McCranie (@RMcCranieWFTV) July 11, 2021Seabreeze storms will develop along the east coast in the early afternoon and then march west. READ: Richard Branson set to launch own rocket to space on SundayThe best chance for storms will be in our western areas late afternoon through early evening. Follow our Severe Weather team on Twitter for live updates:Click here to download the WFTV weather app for live updates to your phone, and click here to stream weather coverage on the WFTV now app.wftv.com
Detroit freeway shooting: ‘Multiple arrests’ made in death of toddler
Arrests made Authorities said "multiple arrests" were made Saturday, two days after a toddler was fatally shot on a Michigan interstate. (Chalabala/iStock)DETROIT — Authorities in Michigan announced Saturday that “multiple arrests” were made after a 2-year-old boy was killed and a 9-year-old boy was seriously injured when gunfire erupted on a Detroit interstate. Michigan State Police said a driver was traveling on I-75 southbound when someone inside “a light-colored, four-door passenger car” opened fire at the victims’ vehicle. UPDATE: The Special Investigation Section has made multiple arrests in the homicide of a two year old along I-75. pic.twitter.com/De8ZnQmhnd — MSP Metro Detroit (@mspmetrodet) June 19, 2021Brian Christian told police he was driving his Ram truck in Detroit when the vehicle pulled up alongside him and someone opened fire, the newspaper reported.wftv.com
Detroit freeway shooting: Toddler killed, 9-year-old hurt after shots fired on I-75
Detroit freeway shooting: Toddler killed, 9-year-old hurt after shots fired on I-75 Stock photo of police lights. A 2-year-old boy was killed and a 9-year-old boy was seriously hurt when gunfire erupted on Interstate 75 in Detroit, authorities said. (Avid_creative/Getty Images)DETROIT — A 2-year-old boy was killed and a 9-year-old boy was seriously hurt when gunfire erupted on Interstate 75 in Detroit, authorities said. >> Read more trending newsAccording to The Detroit News and WJBK, the incident occurred shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday near McNichols Road. pic.twitter.com/liFhcmDhNs — MSP Metro Detroit (@mspmetrodet) June 18, 2021A 9 year old male is in serious condition at a local hospital.wftv.com
In need of more rain: More storms fire up Saturday before drier stretch returns
The wet season has begun, but the sea breeze storms have mainly been hung up around I-75 until Friday. More storms arrive Saturday, especially late in the afternoon and evening. Like Friday, a few on/off downpours will be around through the first part of the day. The heavier rain and storms will arrive late in the afternoon and early evening.
Orlando man involved in crash with Tampa Police cruiser, troopers say
PASCO COUNTY, Fla. – An Orlando man could face charges for his involvement in a crash with a Tampa Police cruiser, according to Florida Highway Patrol. Troopers said the 34-year-old was driving north on I-75 Sunday morning when he improperly stopped in the road. AdThe Orlando man and a passenger in his car, a 37-year-old man, suffered minor injuries in the wreck, troopers said. No one else was injured. Investigators believe the 34-year-old may have been impaired behind the wheel and charges against him are pending.
Florida man walking on I-75 struck, killed; 3 others injured
MARION COUNTY, Fla. – A 51-year-old Florida man walking in a lane of I-75 in Marion County was struck and killed Tuesday night, leading to a chain-reaction crash that left three others injured, according to troopers. The Florida Highway Patrol said the fatal crash was reported at 7:40 p.m. on I-75 south at mile marker 358.5, north of State Road 326. Troopers said the man was walking in the left lane of southbound I-75 when he was struck by a sport utility vehicle. The driver of the SUV suffered minor injuries, and a passenger, a Kissimmee woman, was critically injured, the FHP report stated. It’s not known why the man was walking on the interstate.
Here’s when storms will move through Central Florida this weekend
ORLANDO, Fla. – An unsettled weather pattern will bring the chance for rain and storms back to Central Florida for the weekend. Weekend setupSaturday stormsBehind the storms Saturday morning, most of the rest of the day will be on the drier side with just a few exceptions. AdFuture radar Saturday eveningSunday stormsAnother round of storms, a few potentially strong, will come back into the picture Sunday. A round of rain looks to move through Central Florida early Sunday morning. The unsettled weather with the potential for a few stronger storms continues Monday.
Men hurt in random I-75 shooting while heading to Super Bowl out of hospital
OCALA, Fla. – Two men are out of the hospital after they were hurt Thursday in a random shooting along I-75 in Ocala while on their way to the Super Bowl, police said. Investigators said the shooting happened in the southbound lanes of I-75 near exit 350. An officer found four men inside silver 2013 Honda CRV, two of whom had been shot several times, according to the incident report. Investigators believe the shooting was a random attack. The other two men in the backseat, a 19-year-old and a 20-year-old, were not hurt in the shooting, police said.
Shooting on I-75 leaves 2 injured, police say
OCALA, Fla. – Two men were injured Thursday when their vehicle was shot at on Interstate 75, officers said. The men told officers that they were traveling south toward Tampa when another vehicle passed them and began to shoot at their vehicle. AdThe men described the car as possibly a dark black or dark-colored sedan. “Two of the males in the vehicle being shot at were struck by bullets,” investigators said. “Both were transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.”The Ocala Police Department is asking anyone with information that could help investigators with this case to call Detective B. Sirolli at 352-369-7183.
Blast of cold air arrives Monday after nearing 80 degrees Sunday
ORLANDO, Fla. – The weather whiplash continues. Highs ahead of our next strong cold front top out around 80 degrees Sunday afternoon. Most of the rain is over by 7 a.m. Monday morning, but the cold air will take its place. Wednesday morning temperaturesFrost will be possible Tuesday morning through Thursday morning with most widespread frost occurring Wednesday morning . AdThe weather whiplash continues late in the week with temperatures quickly warming to around 80 degrees by Friday.
Pedestrian hit and killed in Marion County on US 441, troopers say
MARION COUNTY, Fla. – A 38-year-old man walking with a his bicycle on U.S. 441 in Marion County was hit and killed by a car Wednesday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. According to the crash repot, the pedestrian was walking in the north inside lane on U.S. 441 north of Southeast 156th Street in a dark and unlit area. The driver of sedan failed to see the man and struck him. The driver stopped after the crash, according to the report. The 38-year-old victim’s name has not been released yet.
2 killed when rebar pierces windshield in I-75 crash, Florida troopers say
MARION COUNTY, Fla. – A man and woman were killed and another passenger was critically injured Tuesday night in a rear-end crash on I-75 in Marion County, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The rebar went through the van windshield, dragging the vehicle until the big rig came to a stop, troopers said. The man driving the van and an 80-year-old woman, both of Pennsylvania, died in the crash, the FHP said. Another passenger, an 82-year-old Pennsylvania man, suffered critical injuries, according to an FHP report. I-75 south was closed in the area while the FHP investigated the wreck.
Fore! Florida man throws golf clubs at cars on I-75
One man in Florida found himself face-to-face with the Florida Highway Patrol after investigators said he was throwing golf clubs at traffic on I-75. According to troopers, Jonathan Edward Day, 41, of North Port was driving north on I-75 Wednesday. During his drive, troopers said Day was throwing golf clubs out of his van at adjacent traffic. Online jail records showed Day was being held at the Hillsborough County Jail Thursday morning. Jail records listed him as unemployed.
LIVE RADAR: Here’s when you can expect storms on Christmas Eve
ORLANDO, Fla. – The coldest air Central Florida has felt in almost three years will be ushered in by a strong cold front Christmas Eve. While the coldest of the air doesn’t settle in until Saturday morning, the chill will blast in late Christmas Eve. By dinner Christmas Eve, a line of thunderstorms will be approaching the I-75 corridor. Scattered rain and storms will be possible through the predawn hours of Christmas Day. Sunshine returns for all later Christmas morning, but it will be windy and very cold.
29-year-old motorcyclist dies in crash in Sumter County
SUMTER COUNTY, Fla. – A 29-year male from Brandon, Florida died in a motorcycle accident on I-75 in Sumter County, according to Florida Highway Patrol. Authorities said the man was riding his motorcycle on I-75, just north of exit 321, when the accident happened. The driver lost control of the motorcycle and collided with the guardrail in the northbound lane, according to troopers. The driver was ejected from the motorcycle and suffered fatal injuries at the scene of the crash. Authorities did not give a reason for the crash happening.
Here we go again! Another round of cold air moves in Monday night
It will be a pleasant end to the weekend Sunday after a chilly start with highs climbing into the low-to-mid 70s. Rain chancesTemperatures Monday start off mild, in the upper 50s and low 60s with cooler air trickling in late in the day. Monday morning lowsAfter a rainy start for most areas Monday, sunshine increases by the second half of the afternoon. Tuesday morning lowsTuesday morning will be much colder again with a start in the 30s and 40s. It will be slightly colder Wednesday with patchy frost possible northwest of I-4.
Even hotter! Feeling like 105-100 across Central Florida Saturday
That theme is the west coast sea breeze triggers storms along the I-75 corridor with those storms gradually move towards I-4 and then the coast. While most of the storms around lunch will be west of Orlando, a few storms will likely develop east of the metro as well. High temperatures Saturday top out in the mid 90s with feels like temperatures soaring into the 105-110 degree ballpark. The rip current threat will remain low, but always use caution in the water. Tropical Update:Josephine and Kyle remain in the Atlantic, but are expected to weaken over the next couple of days.
High heat and Hurricane Isaias: Here’s what to expect this weekend in Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. – As Florida awaits the weekend impacts of Hurricane Isaias, it will be a scorcher -- and mostly dry -- Friday in the Orlando area. Impacts across Central Florida appear to be low, with the biggest risk occurring right along the coast. Rain will be heavy at times and winds will be the strongest within Isaias' outer rain bands. It will not rain all weekend, but some of the rain bands can be nasty for a short time. Tropical downpours containing heavy rain and gusty winds will still be possible, just less widespread.
Authorities search for witnesses after 2 men fatally shot in car on I-75 ramp in Florida
TAMPA, Fla. – Authorities are searching for a pair of witnesses after two men were found dead in a car near a ramp to Interstate 75 in Tampa early Thursday, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Troopers said the men, ages 25 and 26, were fatally shot inside the vehicle. Witnesses told investigators that someone in a white Jeep Cherokee shot at the car. Left to right: Craig Wilson Lee, 25, and Terrance McDowell, 25. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Florida Highway Patrol by calling 813-558-1800 or Crime Stoppers at 800-873-TIPS.
Man arrested after allegedly firing shots on I-75, deputies say
SUMTER COUNTY A man was arrested Saturday evening after allegedly firing gunshots on I-75 north near mile marker 309 and then fleeing from deputies, according to the Sumter County Sheriffs Office. Miguel Espinoza Navarro, 41, was allegedly waving his gun and shooting at vehicles from a black Ford truck before rear-ending a vehicle, deputies said. Navarro continued driving and then had a standoff with deputies after wrecking his vehicle a second time near mile marker 317, deputies said. After fleeing in his car again, Navarro wrecked his car for a third time and fled on foot, deputies said. No people or deputies were injured during the ordeal, deputies said.
Florida woman, 69, killed in crash while her car was stopped in middle of I-75
SUMTER COUNTY, Fla. A 69-year-old Florida woman was killed Sunday night in a crash on I-75 in Sumter County, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The fatal crash was reported around 9:20 p.m. in the northbound lanes of I-75 near mile marker 326. The FHP said the womans sedan was stopped in the center lane without its lights on when a car driven by a 57-year-old man rear-ended her vehicle. The Ellenton woman was pronounced dead at the scene, troopers said. Both were wearing seat belts, according to the FHP.
Father, 3-year-old girl reunited after Amber Alert abduction
Father, 3-year-old girl reunited after Amber Alert abductionPublished: February 11, 2020, 6:45 amThe father of the 3-year-old girl, who Apopka police say was abducted from her front yard Monday morning, is thanking law enforcement officers who helped reunite him with his daughter.
2 hospitalized after Sumter County crash
SUMTER COUNTY – Two people were hospitalized after a two-car crash in Sumter County on Saturday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The two vehicles were traveling north on I-75 when a FHP car slowed ahead of them, troopers said. The driver of the first vehicle swerved to avoid a collision with the FHP car and lost control, causing the car to rotate and collide with the left side of the second vehicle, according to troopers. The first vehicle overturned multiple times before coming to a stop, while the second vehicle came to a more controlled stop on the shoulder of the freeway, troopers said. One woman was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, while a boy was taken with minor injuries.
Tornado touches down in northern Dallas
A tornado touchdown has been reported on the northeastern edge of Dallas. DALLAS - A tornado touched down in northern Dallas Sunday, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. The service tweeted it had visual confirmation north of Interstate 635 and east of I-75. There are no tornado warnings in effect as of 10 p.m. CDT, NWS tweeted, but there is concern a new one could form with severe storms moving into in Kaufman and Hunt County to the east of Dallas. The-CNN-Wire & 2019 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company.
1 person hospitalized after shooting on I-75, officials say
SUMTER COUNTY, Fla. - The Marion County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting on I-75 that sent one person to a hospital. Police activity was reported Saturday in the southbound lanes of I-75 near Exit 329, or State Road 44, in Sumter County. Officials said the victim, who was not identified, survived and was taken to a local hospital. Detectives are working to determine if the shooting was accidental or malicious, officials said. Copyright 2019 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.
Trailer full of tires catches fire on I-75 South in Marion County
MARION COUNTY, Fla. - Crews are working to put out a fire involving a trailer full of tires. Marion County firefighters were responding to the fire that appeared to be in a rest area along I-75 south near mile marker 345 around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday. [TRAFFIC ALERT: Track live traffic conditions]Large clouds of thick, dark-colored smoke could be seen as crews battled the flames. Marion County Fire Rescue officials said the driver of the vehicle was able to disconnect the cab from the trailer and move the cab away after the fire started. Copyright 2019 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.
Few showers Sunday, beach hazards return
ORLANDO, Fla.- - Just like Saturday, a few showers will move in off of the Atlantic. They will be few and far between and on the lighter side, but have the umbrella handy. Beach ForecastHurricane Lorenzo is more than 2,000 miles away and moving even further away, but it will still generate large swells along Florida's east coast. Minor coastal flooding will also be possible through the middle of the week from the combination of Lorenzo and King Tides. Tropical UpdateOther than Lorenzo heading toward the Azores and eventually Ireland, the tropics are quiet.